Forty Years, Forty Films, Forty Weeks – For the Rights of All: Ending Jim Crow in Alaska

Learn more about the struggle for Alaskan Native civil rights in this week’s featured Vision Maker Media film, “For the Rights of All: Ending Jim Crow in Alaska.”

This blend of documentary and drama depicts a growing activist movement for citizenship, voting rights, and school desegregation, culminating in the Senate testimony of activist of Tlingit activist Elizabeth Peratrovich, who swayed the floor vote in favor of the passage of the 1945 Anti-Discrimination Act – the first civil rights bill passed in the United States since the Civil War.

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Watch “For the Rights of All: Ending Jim Crow in Alaska” on the American Archive of Public Broadcasting website.

Check back here every Tuesday, or follow us at @amarchivepub on Twitter to keep up with featured streaming films over the 40 weeks of the celebration. You can find the complete schedule here.

About Vision Maker Media

Vision Maker Media is the premier source for quality American Indian and Alaska Native educational and home videos. All aspects of Vision Maker Media programs encourage the involvement of young people to learn more about careers in the media – to be the next generation of storytellers. Vision Maker Media envisions a world changed and healed by understanding Native stories and the public conversations they generate.

With funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), Vision Maker Media’s Public Media Content Fund awards support to projects with a Native American theme and significant Native involvement that ultimately benefits the entire public media community. Vision Maker Media, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) empowers and engages Native People to tell stories. For more information, www.visionmakermedia.org

Each week for the next forty weeks, a different film featuring Native voices from Native producers will be available to stream free online, in celebration of Vision Maker Media’s 40 years supporting American Indian and Alaska Native film projects.

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Forty Years, Forty Films, Forty Weeks: Aleut Story

Follow the incredible story of the Aleuts’ decades-long struggle for human and civil rights in this week’s featured Vision Maker Media film, “Aleut Story.”

In 1942, as World War II reached Alaska, Aleut Americans were transferred to government camps 1,500 miles away, where an estimated 10 percent perished. The surviving Aleuts eventually joined Japanese Americans in seeking wartime reparations from the federal government. Narrated by Martin Sheen and featuring an original music score by composer Alan Koshiyama, this poignant, richly textured film contains rare archival images and compelling interviews with Aleut internment survivors — many of whom are speaking out for the first time in more than 60 years.

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Watch “Aleut Story” on the American Archive of Public Broadcasting website.

Check back here every Tuesday, or follow us at @amarchivepub on Twitter to keep up with featured streaming films over the 40 weeks of the celebration. You can find the complete schedule here.

About Vision Maker Media

Vision Maker Media is the premier source for quality American Indian and Alaska Native educational and home videos. All aspects of Vision Maker Media programs encourage the involvement of young people to learn more about careers in the media – to be the next generation of storytellers. Vision Maker Media envisions a world changed and healed by understanding Native stories and the public conversations they generate.

With funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), Vision Maker Media’s Public Media Content Fund awards support to projects with a Native American theme and significant Native involvement that ultimately benefits the entire public media community. Vision Maker Media, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) empowers and engages Native People to tell stories. For more information, www.visionmakermedia.org

Each week for the next forty weeks, a different film featuring Native voices from Native producers will be available to stream free online, in celebration of Vision Maker Media’s 40 years supporting American Indian and Alaska Native film projects.

Follow Vision Maker Media on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Vimeo, Pinterest, or Google+.

Forty Years, Forty Films, Forty Weeks: The Return of Navajo Boy

This week, Vision Maker Media presents the acclaimed international documentary that reunited a family and triggered a federal investigation into uranium contamination, “The Return of Navajo Boy.”

The award-winning film chronicles an incredible struggle for environmental justice through the story of the Cly family, who appeared in a silent 1950s film titled The Navajo Boy. The reappearance of the film not only reveals the devastating effects of uranium mining around Monument Valley, but reunites a long-lost brother with the family. A powerful new epilogue (produced in 2008) shows how the film and the outreach campaign around it has created news, rallied supporters, and impacted the discussion around environmental reform.

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Watch “The Return of Navajo Boy” on the American Archive of Public Broadcasting website.

Check back here every Tuesday, or follow us at @amarchivepub on Twitter to keep up with featured streaming films over the 40 weeks of the celebration. You can find the complete schedule here.

About Vision Maker Media

Vision Maker Media is the premier source for quality American Indian and Alaska Native educational and home videos. All aspects of Vision Maker Media programs encourage the involvement of young people to learn more about careers in the media – to be the next generation of storytellers. Vision Maker Media envisions a world changed and healed by understanding Native stories and the public conversations they generate.

With funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), Vision Maker Media’s Public Media Content Fund awards support to projects with a Native American theme and significant Native involvement that ultimately benefits the entire public media community. Vision Maker Media, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) empowers and engages Native People to tell stories. For more information, www.visionmakermedia.org

Each week for the next forty weeks, a different film featuring Native voices from Native producers will be available to stream free online, in celebration of Vision Maker Media’s 40 years supporting American Indian and Alaska Native film projects.

Follow Vision Maker Media on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Vimeo, Pinterest, or Google+.

Forty Years, Forty Films, Forty Weeks – Indian Country Diaries: Spiral of Fire

Last week’s featured Indian Country Diaries film presented the story of urban Indian life in Los Angeles. This week’s documentary,  “Spiral of Fire,” takes us to the other side of the country and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians on their reservation in North Carolina.

Choctaw writer LeAnne Howe takes us on a journey to one of the most beautiful places in America where Cherokees live on land they’ve inhabited for 10,000 years. Howe explores how their fusion of tourism, cultural preservation, and spirituality is working to insure their tribe’s vitality in the 21st century, while seeking to reconcile her own complex identity.

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Watch “Indian County Diaries: Spiral of Fire” on the American Archive of Public Broadcasting website.

Check back here every Tuesday, or follow us at @amarchivepub on Twitter to keep up with featured streaming films over the 40 weeks of the celebration. You can find the complete schedule here.

About Vision Maker Media

Vision Maker Media is the premier source for quality American Indian and Alaska Native educational and home videos. All aspects of Vision Maker Media programs encourage the involvement of young people to learn more about careers in the media – to be the next generation of storytellers. Vision Maker Media envisions a world changed and healed by understanding Native stories and the public conversations they generate.

With funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), Vision Maker Media’s Public Media Content Fund awards support to projects with a Native American theme and significant Native involvement that ultimately benefits the entire public media community. Vision Maker Media, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) empowers and engages Native People to tell stories. For more information, www.visionmakermedia.org

Each week for the next forty weeks, a different film featuring Native voices from Native producers will be available to stream free online, in celebration of Vision Maker Media’s 40 years supporting American Indian and Alaska Native film projects.

Follow Vision Maker Media on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Vimeo, Pinterest, or Google+.

Forty Years, Forty Films, Forty Weeks – XIT: Without Reservation

Experience one of the highest-energy live concert specials to emerge from the American Indian music scene in this week’s Vision Maker Media film, “XIT: Without Reservation.”

Indian rock-and-roll band XIT launched in its current form in 1970, with lyrics that brought to the surface the injustice that had been and continues to be inflicted upon Native America. In the words of group founder Tom Bee, “While other groups were singing about ‘come and get some love,’ we were telling America ‘come and see your injustices.'”

In 2000, their 30th anniversary concert was recorded and released as “Without Reservation.” The concert special features live versions of ten hit songs from their first two albums.

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Watch “XIT: Without Reservation” on the American Archive of Public Broadcasting website.

Check back here every Tuesday, or follow us at @amarchivepub on Twitter to keep up with featured streaming films over the next 40 weeks. You can find the complete schedule here.

About Vision Maker Media

Vision Maker Media is the premier source for quality American Indian and Alaska Native educational and home videos. All aspects of Vision Maker Media programs encourage the involvement of young people to learn more about careers in the media – to be the next generation of storytellers. Vision Maker Media envisions a world changed and healed by understanding Native stories and the public conversations they generate.

With funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), Vision Maker Media’s Public Media Content Fund awards support to projects with a Native American theme and significant Native involvement that ultimately benefits the entire public media community. Vision Maker Media, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) empowers and engages Native People to tell stories. For more information, www.visionmakermedia.org

Each week for the next forty weeks, a different film featuring Native voices from Native producers will be available to stream free online, in celebration of Vision Maker Media’s 40 years supporting American Indian and Alaska Native film projects.

Follow Vision Maker Media on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Vimeo, Pinterest, or Google+.

Forty Years, Forty Films, Forty Weeks- Vis à Vis: Native Tongues

Experience the dialogue between two indigenous artists in this week’s featured Vision Maker Media Film, “Vis à Vis: Native Tongues.”

In this film, Australian Aboriginal actress/playwright Ningali Lawford and American Indian performance artist James Luna compare perspectives on life and society through the medium of digital video. The artists share scenes from their performances and entries in their video diaries, exploring how each uses humor and storytelling to confront the stereotypes of native people in their own countries and challenging each other to consider new artistic directions. The resulting  film won a Cine Golden Eagle award for feature documentary, and the Australian version won Best Documentary at the Down Under Festival.

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Watch “Vis à Vis: Native Tongues” on the American Archive of Public Broadcasting website.

Check back here every Tuesday, or follow us at @amarchivepub on Twitter to keep up with featured streaming films over the next 40 weeks. You can find the complete schedule here.

About Vision Maker Media

Vision Maker Media is the premier source for quality American Indian and Alaska Native educational and home videos. All aspects of Vision Maker Media programs encourage the involvement of young people to learn more about careers in the media – to be the next generation of storytellers. Vision Maker Media envisions a world changed and healed by understanding Native stories and the public conversations they generate.

With funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), Vision Maker Media’s Public Media Content Fund awards support to projects with a Native American theme and significant Native involvement that ultimately benefits the entire public media community. Vision Maker Media, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) empowers and engages Native People to tell stories. For more information, www.visionmakermedia.org

Each week for the next forty weeks, a different film featuring Native voices from Native producers will be available to stream free online, in celebration of Vision Maker Media’s 40 years supporting American Indian and Alaska Native film projects.

Follow Vision Maker Media on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Vimeo, Pinterest, or Google+.

40 Years, 40 Films, 40 Weeks: Music From a Painted Cave

This week’s featured Vision Maker Media film is “Robert Mirabal: Music From a Painted Cave” — the PBS special that brought Pueblo flutist Mirabal to national attention and cemented his musical reputation as a leading figure in tribal rock.

The film features live performance footage of Mirabal’s trademark blend of traditional and popular music, influenced by the traditional music of Tao as well as music from West Africa and Haiti, Japanese Taiko drumming, Celtic music, and rock and hip-hop. In Mirabal’s words, “Music From a Painted Cave is an evolutionary vision of one man, from birth’s breath through the metamorphosis of time.”

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Watch “Robert Mirabal: Music From a Painted Cave” on the American Archive of Public Broadcasting website.

Check back here every Tuesday, or follow us at @amarchivepub on Twitter to keep up with featured streaming films over the next 40 weeks. You can find the complete schedule here.

About Vision Maker Media

Vision Maker Media is the premier source for quality American Indian and Alaska Native educational and home videos. All aspects of Vision Maker Media programs encourage the involvement of young people to learn more about careers in the media – to be the next generation of storytellers. Vision Maker Media envisions a world changed and healed by understanding Native stories and the public conversations they generate.

With funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), Vision Maker Media’s Public Media Content Fund awards support to projects with a Native American theme and significant Native involvement that ultimately benefits the entire public media community. Vision Maker Media, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) empowers and engages Native People to tell stories. For more information, www.visionmakermedia.org

Each week for the next forty weeks, a different film featuring Native voices from Native producers will be available to stream free online, in celebration of Vision Maker Media’s 40 years supporting American Indian and Alaska Native film projects.

Follow Vision Maker Media on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Vimeo, Pinterest, or Google+.

40 Years, 40 Films, 40 Weeks: Way of the Warrior

This week’s featured Vision Maker Media film is “Way of the Warrior,” an exploration of the Native American tradition of military service, including the stories of Native American veterans who served in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam.

The program honors the endurance and sacrifice of individuals such as Mitchell Red Cloud (Ho-Chunk), a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient; Ira Hayes (Pima), one of the flag raisers on Iwo Jima; Phil Coon (Creek), a Bataan Death March survivor; and John Yahola (Creek), a member of the red Stick Warrior society.

Their stories are examined through the prism of what it means to be “ogichidaa,” one who protects and follows the way of the warrior.

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Watch “Way of the Warrior” on the American Archive of Public Broadcasting website.

Check back here every Tuesday, or follow us at @amarchivepub on Twitter to keep up with featured streaming films over the next 40 weeks. You can find the complete schedule here.

About Vision Maker Media

Vision Maker Media is the premier source for quality American Indian and Alaska Native educational and home videos. All aspects of Vision Maker Media programs encourage the involvement of young people to learn more about careers in the media – to be the next generation of storytellers. Vision Maker Media envisions a world changed and healed by understanding Native stories and the public conversations they generate.

With funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), Vision Maker Media’s Public Media Content Fund awards support to projects with a Native American theme and significant Native involvement that ultimately benefits the entire public media community. Vision Maker Media, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) empowers and engages Native People to tell stories. For more information, www.visionmakermedia.org

Each week for the next forty weeks, a different film featuring Native voices from Native producers will be available to stream free online, in celebration of Vision Maker Media’s 40 years supporting American Indian and Alaska Native film projects.

Follow Vision Maker Media on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Vimeo, Pinterest, or Google+.

Forty Years, Forty Films, Forty Weeks

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With the beginning of November, we’re thrilled to welcome the start of “Forty Years, Forty Weeks” – a collaboration between Vision Maker Media and the American Archive of Public Broadcasting to celebrate Vision Maker Media’s 40th anniversary.

Each week for the next forty weeks, a different film featuring Native voices from Native producers will be available to stream free online, in celebration of Vision Maker Media’s 40 years supporting American Indian and Alaska Native film projects.

To kick off “Forty Years, Forty Weeks,” Vision Maker Media introduces you to Jaune Quick-To-See-Smith, an internationally renowned Shoshone French Cree painter who has been creating abstract paintings and lithographs since the 1970s that address socio-political issues with continuing relevance to the Native American experience.

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Watch “American Indian Artists: Jaune Quick-To-See Smith” on the American Archive of Public Broadcasting website.

Check back here every Tuesday, or follow us at @amarchivepub on Twitter to keep up with featured streaming films over the next 40 weeks. You can find the complete schedule here.

About Vision Maker Media

Vision Maker Media is the premier source for quality American Indian and Alaska Native educational and home videos. All aspects of Vision Maker Media programs encourage the involvement of young people to learn more about careers in the media – to be the next generation of storytellers. Vision Maker Media envisions a world changed and healed by understanding Native stories and the public conversations they generate.

With funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), Vision Maker Media’s Public Media Content Fund awards support to projects with a Native American theme and significant Native involvement that ultimately benefits the entire public media community. Vision Maker Media, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) empowers and engages Native People to tell stories. For more information, www.visionmakermedia.org